Big changes are brewing in the 403(b) world. For the first time in 40 years, the Internal Revenue Service is mandating new requirements that aim to make the plans more like 401(k)s.

For many 403(b) providers, the biggest challenge won't be figuring out how to meet the new requirements, but getting plan sponsors to start preparing early enough so the Jan. 1, 2009 deadline doesn't come as a shock.

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